How to broach a prenuptial agreement talk

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

It is almost wedding season in Missouri, as summer and early fall are some of the most popular times to hold the big celebration. That means more couples may be considering their future as a couple, and that may lead to discussions of a prenuptial agreement. Admittedly, this can be an uncomfortable topic. After all, who wants to think about divorce when you haven’t even made it to the altar?

However, discussing a prenuptial agreement doesn’t have to mean that you’re planning for divorce; rather that you are considering a form of insurance just in case that were to happen in the future. It is pragmatic planning and can be especially helpful as today’s couples tend to be older than in past generations and may be approaching marriage with more assets of their own.

That doesn’t make the conversation any easier, however. Bringing up the subject of a prenup can make people uneasy, confused or hurt. One person may feel as though a soon-to-be spouse distrusts them or does not have faith that the marriage will last. It can also feel like a spouse is more interested in the financial or material aspects of the union.

But this conversation can actually be a good thing because it can set a precedent within the marriage for a couple’s ability to communicate openly about difficult topics. Since financial issues are a common reason for divorce, having the ability to discuss these topics rationally may actually strengthen a marriage. It can also be a way for each spouse to have a clear understanding of what their financial future might look like in the event that a marriage does not last. In the long run, this can provide an important sense of stability and clarity.

If you and your betrothed decide to create a prenuptial agreement, it is a good idea to find an attorney to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the process. Seeking out a professional can give couples the confidence that the prenuptial agreement will be fair and enforceable, should it ever come into play.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Do prenups ruin romance?” Mindy Utay, May 7, 2014

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